ABOUT RIO DE JANEIRO
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In this session you will know some curiosities about the State and the City Rio, how to get there, where to stay, urban mobility, some distances and references to help you plan your visit and what to do in the city.
Rio Janeiro State is one of the 26 states of Brazil, is located in the South American Continent. Our State leads the ranks of the most visited states in the country, because of its capital that is also called Rio de Janeiro, a city with an extensive coastline, an immense green area and a cultural and rich history of great importance for the country, a complete city! But the state has a variety of incredible places to meet in cities that are very close to the capital.
About Rio de Janeiro State
Located in the Southeast Region of Brazil, our State has a territorial extension of almost 44 thousand km² and more than 15 million inhabitants. The name Rio de Janeiro appeared on the occasion of the discovery of Brazil in January 1502, when Portuguese colonizers saw the Guanabara Bay and thought it was river mouth. For that reason Rio de Janeiro, Rio (river in Portuguese) and Janeiro (January in Portuguese, month that happened the fact).
Throughout the state there are important cities that can be visited from the capital, such as Petrópolis, the Imperial City, Teresópolis, Nova Friburgo, Itatiaia and others. We emphasize these cities because they have important parks for the preservation of the extensive green area located in their territories. Some of these cities are destination for some tours offered by Rio Running Tour.
About Rio de Janeiro City (Capital of Rio de Janeiro State)
The only city that was capital of the colony, the empire and the republic. It is one of the main cities in Brazil, being the scene of important historical events of the country.
To avoid French colonization, on March 1, 1565, the city is founded. Later, in 1763, with the growth of the gold exploration, Rio becomes the capital of the colony and later becomes the capital of the Empire. At Republica Square (cultural attraction of the City Running Tour) happened the Proclamation of the Republic, now the capital of the Empire is transformed into the Federal District (Capital of Brazil).
República Square - Cultural Attractive of City Running Tour
And it is not only by history and culture that Rio stands out. There was the concern with the water shortage that the Emperor D. Pedro II initiated environmental protection actions that came to create what is today the largest urban forest in the world, the Tijuca Forest: with an area of 4200 hectares, the Tijuca National Park is a national and international reference on urban forest, and a place where you can visit with us by Trail Running Tour ou Hiking Tour.
In addition to the Tijuca Forest, Rio de Janeiro has other Environmental Protection Areas, some near the coast region that will offer you more than 20 beaches! It is a city rich in every way. That's why its most famous Carnaval song is:
Full of thousand charms,
Heart of my Brazil "
Where to Stay in Rio City
In Rio downtown (Centro), near the Historical Center, you have the most bohemian neighborhood of the city: Lapa, very close to Santa Teresa. Best option if you like to enjoy the nightlife. These are the reference neighborhoods for your stay.
In the South Zone, the most famous beach neighborhoods like Ipanema and Copacabana: the "princess of the sea"! You still have the option of Leme or Leblon neighborhoods. This is a great area for those who enjoy the sun and want to be close to the beaches.
Between South Zone and Rio downtown (Centro), you have alternative neighborhoods like Botafogo, Flamengo, Catete and Glória.
Barra da Tijuca and Recreio dos Bandeirantes, the newest neighborhoods of Rio de Janeiro, with a coastline of approximately 26 km. These are far from the most popular tourist attractions, but reserve incredible natural beauty!
See the map above for you to have a better geographical location and for you to know the distance between them. Or, check the distance from the airports in the next session.
How to get
We have two airports.
RIOgaleão Airport (GIG)
Arriving by plane directly to Rio de Janeiro, you can enter the Tom Jobim International Airport, popularly known as RIOgaleão. Although there is public transportation, we suggest you to go to your hotel by taxi.
Check the distances from the airport to the lodging neighborhoods:
Downtown Rio: 18 km
South Zone: 24 km
Barra da Tijuca and Recreio dos Bandeirantes: 38 km
Address: Av. Vinte de Janeiro, s / nº - Ilha do Governador - Rio de Janeiro - RJ
Phone: +55 (21) 3004-6050
Santos Dumont Airport (SDU - domestic airport)
Arriving by plane from other Brazilian states, you can arrive at Santos Dumont Airport. From the airport, you have public transportation to the City Center (VLT) or taxi to go to your hotel. See the topic that talks about how to get around, below.
Downtown Rio: 4 km
South Zone: 13 km
Barra da Tijuca and Recreio dos Bandeirantes: 35 km
Address: Praça Senador Salgado Filho, s / n - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ.
Phone: +55 21 3814-7070
How to get around
Metrô Rio (Subway)
Rio City is a metropolis with a lot of movement, so the best way to get around is by subway. Below you will see the subway network offered by Metrô Rio. If you are staying between Centro and South Zone (and beginning of Barra da Tijuca, near Pepê Beach) this is the best option for getting around.
We suggest visiting the company's website for more information or to call.
Phone: 0800 595 11 11 or +55 21 4003 2111 (Customer Service is available 24 hours a day).
On the site you have access to the cartographic map that points out tourist attractions that have near the stations. If you prefer, you can download the application for smartphone that will help you go to the destination you want, helping you to go to some tourist attractions in a very practical way.
The tourist attractions near the subway stations are:
Pão de Açúcar (Sugar Loaf), Estádio Mário Filho “Maracanã Stadium” / Maracanãzinho, Lapa, Museu do Amanhã (Museum of Tomorrow), Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas (Lagoon), Jardim Botânico e Estádio João Havelanche “Engenhão Estadium”.
Some important information: Lines 1 and 2 are underground. The Subway Bus is an extension of the underground subway, but it is done on the surface, in the streets by means of special buses of Metro Rio and with stops in specific stations. Soon, if you go to any station corresponding to it, you should buy Subway Bus tickets.
VLT Carioca (Light vehicle on tracks)
This acronym you saw on the Rio Metro map, refers to another rail transport network that operates in Downtown Rio de Janeiro.
Operation: Line 1 from 6am to 0am / Line 2 from 6am to 2pm
Phone: 0800 000 0858 (From Monday to Friday, except holidays from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
What to do in Rio
Rio de Janeiro is a City of indescribable beauty. That is why anyone who visits falls in love with it. The city offers several museums, theaters and cultural attractions everywhere. The traditional sights such as Corcovado and Christ Redeemer or the cable car ride to Urca hill and Sugar Loaf you must have already heard. But Rio goes much further. Here you have so many tourist attractions that you will come back countless times and always discover something new.
Rio is the city that invites you to live outdoors, it is the city of the sports, cultural and natural movement. With the two largest Urban Forests in the world protected by the Tijuca National Park and Pedra Branca State Park, natural attractions are the best around here. And to visit Rio is to take care of the mind and body, it is to explore and discover at the same time that it takes care of health. And for this our best suggestions are:
Practice health and know our history, running through the historical center: try City Running Tours!
Run to see Rio experiencing some run events that happen in the city: follow the run schedule that are happening in the city.
Run & visit Rio de Janeiro practicing sports and improving health!
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